The benefits of keeping your mouth healthy are not confined to just having a nice, white smile. Recent studies have shown that maintaining excellent oral hygiene can actually help with your general health too and reduce the risk of suffering from devastating heart disease.
The studies found that those who never or rarely brushed their teeth were about seventy per cent more likely to experience heart disease than people who brush at least twice a day, as recommended by dentists.
As well as brushing twice a day you ought to floss too, to ensure that your mouth is free from the plaque which can damage teeth and cause gum disease. The studies could not prove that keeping a healthy mouth actually reduces the risk of heart disease, in itself, because it may be that those who are regular and diligent tooth brushers might also be leading generally healthier lives.
However, by looking after your mouth you are taking the first steps towards a healthier way of looking at your routine. You might decide to alter your diet and make it more balanced so that you are exposing your teeth to less plaque. Of course this will help your general health too as the sugary foods which mainly contribute to the formation of plaque are usually low in nutritional value and often high in calories.
Letting your oral health deteriorate to the extent that your mouth is subject to infections and gum disease can compromise your general health as infections in the mouth can enter the blood stream and lead to other complications. Talk to your City of London dentist today for more advice about how to look after your teeth and gums and reduce the risk of heart disease.